Originally written on Aaron Torres Sports  |  Last updated 4/1/13

NEW ORLEANS - MARCH 20: Coach John Calipari of the Kentucky Wildcats talks to his team during the second round of the 2010 NCAA men's basketball tournament at the New Orleans Arena on March 20, 2010 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Dave Martin/Getty Images)
(Photo Courtesy: USA Today Sports) To appreciate the significance of Louisville’s 85-63 Elite Eight beat down of Duke on Sunday, you’ve first got to appreciate just how this program came to get to that exact moment. For the Cardinals, it hasn’t been a yellow brick road on the path to college basketball glory, but instead a long, winding one, which cast doubt on these players, their coach and the future of this program overall.   To be honest, I’m not totally sure when the Louisville Cardinals turned into, well... this (in essence the 2013 National Championship favorite), but what I can tell you is that I was able to witness first-hand when they were at the opposite end of this college basketball paradigm. It came in my one and only trip to Kentucky last January, and was at a time when Louisville’s hoops’ program was something worse than bad. They were irrelevant. Irrelevant to the rest of the college basketball world, and overshadowed in their own state by the Big Blue mono...
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